Published: Fri, June 14, 2019

PM Imran, Russian President Putin to hold formal meeting today

PM Imran, Russian President Putin to hold formal meeting today

Responding to a question on whether Pakistan is seeking global mediation in improving bilateral ties with India, Khan said that Islamabad is looking for mediation as it believes that "progress comes with peace and tensions with neighbours detract from resources that can be spent on human beings".

Pakistan's relationship with India is probably at its "lowest point", Prime Minister Imran Khan has said even as he expressed hope that his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will use his "big mandate" to resolve all differences, including the Kashmir issue.

On 10 June, the Indian External Affairs Ministry had declined to reveal Modi's travel plan, saying it is "difficult for us to discuss the technical details of Prime Minister's flight to Bishkek for the SCO".

"The two leaders also reviewed bilateral relations and agreed to comprehensively upgrade mutual cooperation in diverse fields", according to the statement.

The meeting between Modi and Jinping, initially scheduled for 15 minutes, extended for a longer time, added Gokhale. "We shall continue working together to improve economic and cultural ties between our nations", tweeted PM Modi. "They end up getting spent on unproductive things like arms", the Pak PM said. "But, unfortunately, we have not had much success from India so far", he said.

India stood for a terrorism-free society, he said.

Both the leaders agreed that "Wuhan Summit was a positive outcome, necessary to move to newer areas", said the Foreign Secretary.

Modi also brought forth the five-year agenda which every ministry is required to formulate with an impactful decision taken within the first 100 days of the new government.

India had already clarified that there would be no bilateral meeting between the two leaders.

"This is the beginning of series of other interactions".

Modi, who will arrive in the Kyrgyz capital on Thursday afternoon, will be meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin as well. So I met him, but this time I hope to have an informal chat with him.

Moreover, India recently announced that Modi will not take the Pakistani air space for flying to the SCO summit in Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan and instead will fly by the circuitous route through Oman and Iran.

Since becoming an SCO member in 2017, Pakistan has been actively participating in various SCO events, including ones involving foreign affairs, defence, national security, economy and trade, science and innovation, youth and women empowerment, tourism and media.

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